Clearwater owns and operates one offshore lobster harvesting vessel. Joining Clearwater’s fleet in 2009, the Randell Dominaux is named after a beloved and long-time longline and lobster captain. The addition of the modern and efficient Randell Dominaux consolidated Clearwater’s offshore lobster fishing fleet from five vessels to one. Better use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), bottom mapping and historic data analysis facilitated the reduction of the number of vessels required to harvest the quota, while also providing a safer platform for the crew and reducing Clearwater’s carbon footprint.
The Eastern Canadian offshore lobster fishery is located in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 41, off the coast of South West Nova Scotia. Clearwater currently operates in this fishery, specifically around the edges of George’s Bank and the Eastern Scotian Shelf, to the west of Halifax. In June 2010, the Eastern Canadian offshore lobster fishery was the first on the Eastern seaboard to be certified under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard and continues to be a model for sustainable fisheries management where quality and value are maximized and waste is minimized.
|Year Joined Clearwater Fleet||2009|
|Average Trip||8 days|
|Landing Port||Shelburne, NS|
|Captain’s Names||Randall Scott, Ernie Mathews, Phil MacIntosh and Mike Holmes|
|Interesting Facts||Named after Captain Randell Dominaux, pioneer of Clearwater’s longline fleet.|
|Vessel has a live well that is temperature controlled and oxygenated to ensure the freshest, high-quality catch when off-loaded.|